NC State Parks, Museums, Aquariums, Zoo Are Open: Here’s What To Know

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The NC Department of Natural Cultural Resources (NC DNCR) sites are now open across the state! This includes state parks, museums, historic sites, the zoo, and aquariums.

These DNCR sites are eager to Bring Summer Back to North Carolina with tours, programs, and family fun.


There are many ways to enjoy DNCR sites:

  • Listen to a performance of the North Carolina Symphony 
  • Experience North Carolina history at state historic sites and regional history museums
  • Enjoy a hike, bike ride, or picnic at North Carolina state parks and recreation areas
  • Surround yourself with art at the N.C. Art Museum
  • Research family genealogy with the State Archives at the State Library
  • Learn about the natural world at the zoo, aquariums, and science museums
  • And many more!

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Passionate about Revolutionary War history, or want to learn more about African American history?

Taking a family trip to the mountains or the coast this summer?

Start planning your adventures today—check out the DNCR Trips and Travel Ideas webpage for inspiration on places to visit and things to do based on your family’s interests.

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To help make your experience the best it can be, Know Before You Go:

  • Capacity may be limited. Many locations require a reservation or ticket and some programs are still limited. Check websites for advanced reservations or tickets. 
  • Face masks and social distancing are recommended indoors for those individuals who are not fully vaccinated.
  • Kindness is encouraged. Practice patience and know that employees are happy to serve you and your family and appreciate your kindness.
  • Enjoy yourself! If you are looking for additional activities or resources, visit for complete event listings and information.


See trip ideas for visiting NC’s natural, cultural & historical sites →